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Old 04-27-2013, 11:59 PM   #1
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Default Starter cubes.

So its hard to find starter cubes here, plus i dont want to pay very much for things. Maybe some of you do this, but i didnt see any threads, although i didnt search either, oh well.

First: go to the garage or home depot and get a cup full of sawdust, any will do.

Then go to walmart, or any store really and get a 50 pack of UNSCENTED tea lights, or a block of parafin wax. Get a pot fill with water and bring to a boil. Meanwhile break up the wax and put it in a metal bowl/cup w/e just make sure you can safely put it in boiling water. Melt the wax.

Now, get an ice cube tray and put a small amount of dust in the bottom of each cavity. As soon as your all melted grab the bowl, and pour over the saw dust, maybe half way up, you want the dust swimming in it. Put the bowl back in the water.

Now, take more saw dust and put more into each cavity. Mix with... something, i used a chop stick. keep layering dust and wax until you have a thick oatmeal consistency.

And voila, your own wax starter cubes. If you buy the 50 pack of tea lights from walmart, you'll fill probably two to three ice cube trays. figure one light per cube, about.

I over waxed a few, but thats ok.

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Old 04-28-2013, 12:01 AM   #2
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Also, the sawdust from HD just ask them for some, its free. And if you have the ice trays at your disposal already, you will spend about 2 bucks doing this. 3.50 or so if you need the trays.
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:33 AM   #3
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I've looked at similar recipes online but never made them. Thanks for the pictorial.

You may be able to find tea candles or similar at a dollar store, too.
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:40 AM   #4
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That's a great idea! Here's a suggestion to save you a trip to Home Depot: fill a paper egg carton with the small lump charcoal bits that you can't cook with, add parafin, done. Works great.
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:25 AM   #5
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That's too much prep work and mess for me.

I simply use some smallish pieces of smoking wood......hit 'em for a few seconds with my handheld butane torch and cover with lump.

I'm cooking in under 5 minutes.
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:53 AM   #6
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It's a good idea but 24 cubes for 3.99 at Lowes starts 24 cooks for me. I think 16.7 cents seems pretty reasonable and saves me time.
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:08 PM   #8
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3.29 at home depot for the weber stuff. i just use these and cut them up.
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:13 PM   #9
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I like this, and if I can use all the lump bits, that is a good idea.
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:06 PM   #10
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:30 PM   #11
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Update: dont use that much wax. they are VERY hard to light, i'd keep it looking like my original picture in the tray, next time. I want to try the charcoal bits also.

And i cant go to Lowes to buy them.... we'll leave it a that. lol. I cant find them anywhere else though.
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:41 PM   #12
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I usually use a weed burner to start the UDS. Cotton balls and petroleum jelly is a good fire starter, got that from search and rescue training
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:07 AM   #13
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geez i just 2 sheets of newpaper and my charcoal chimney.

simple enough, always works, never have to buy anything. Always have newpapers around

those cubes would be handy starting the fireplace
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:35 AM   #14
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Instead of an ice tray, you can use an empy egg carton (not the styrofoam ones, of course). After the wax/sawdust mixture has cooled, just cut into 12 pieces. They cardboard edges light very quickly.
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I have a jar full of cotton balls soaked in alcohol. One of those will get a fire going
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